There were supposed to be some serious moves this Saturday in college football–with six games featuring opposing teams in the Top 25. No. 3 Auburn–facing unranked Texas A&M–was not supposed to be part of that serious moving. But that’s why they play the games. The Aggies freshman quarterback Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes in the first half and A&M stunned the Tigers 41-38.
Auburn sabotaged its substantial offensive firepower with some sloppy ball control in the critical final minutes, fumbling twice late. (Auburn is like that questionable buddy of yours from college–fun, exciting, but pretty sloppy.) Both times Auburn looked ready to score, and both times A&M recovered the football. Allen was starting only his second game and his first on the road. Auburn fumbled its way out of the college football playoffs with this loss, but the shaky performance would have probably sunk them even if they’d pulled out a late victory. (It was the third straight Auburn game that was still being contested with two minutes to go.) So no playoffs for Auburn. But Kyle Allen, the Aggie of the moment, is going to be fun to watch–in next year’s college playoffs.